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Man sentenced to life in Rusk County deputy killing

December 19, 2018

LADYSMITH, Wis. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for killing a western Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy in 2016.

St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham sentenced 46-year-old Doug Nitek on Wednesday. Nitek will not be able to petition for release on extended supervision.

Jurors found Nitek guilty in September of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze.

Glaze drove his squad car near Nitek’s vehicle to investigate why he was parked in a farm field. Authorities say Nitek fired six times at Glaze, fatally striking him. When dispatchers couldn’t reach Glaze, backup officers arrived and were met by gunfire from Nitek.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says, “Today a cop-killer gets the justice he deserves for senselessly taking away a father and husband from his family.”

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